Millennial Sara Theophilus likes to travel. In the past year
alone she has visited Machu Picchu and taken a Day of the Dead tour in Mexico.
She already has a trip to China planned for 2019. Her home, however, is the Santa
Fe Springs Kloeckner Metals Branch.
“To me, it feels like
a family,” Sara said. “There are some
jobs that you dread going to in the morning. You think, ‘Ugh, another day,’ but
that is not what I feel here. It is because I enjoy the people I work with.”
Sara found her way to Kloeckner because she wanted to get
out of retail. She knew someone who worked at the Santa Fe Springs Branch and
he recommended that she apply. Sara started out as a sales assistant and within
eight months she was doing inventory control and accounts payable.
“Basically, anything that they needed me to do, I would do,”
Sara said. “I learned it all.”
Right from the beginning, Sara got to know her coworkers
really well. Socializing is encouraged at the office. There are group outings,
and coworkers will meet up for dinner and hang out outside of work. Management encourages
a positive work/life balance; when co-workers become your friends, it makes for
a pleasant work atmosphere. Sara thinks this makes a big difference.
“We really support each other,” Sara said. “If someone is
out, we wonder if they are okay. We care about each other. I think that sets us
As a millennial, Sara was initially surprised to see that
Kloeckner SFS wasn’t your stereotypical office
like one might expect in a seasoned industry. Management at Kloeckner helps
employees to keep growing and taking steps forward. There are programs geared
toward this, such as the ELP & the KCI
Digital Experience that Sara’s co-worker
(and fellow millennial) J. Paul participated in. More than anything,
though, she thinks that Kloeckner’s leading role in digitalization with tools
such as Part
Manager makes it a very attractive place for Millennials.
“When I first started I thought it would be faxing and an
antiquated way of doing business, but that is not what Kloeckner is,” Sara
said. “It is digital. It is youth and experience, green and seasoned
individuals going out and making sales. It is being innovative and finding new
ways to grow.”
Sara also thinks that millennials are a good fit at
Kloeckner. Millennials are persistent, innovative,
team-players. Millennials also tend to be very adaptable, a skill which is extremely
useful in a steel industry that is constantly changing.
“Everything changes quite frequently,” Sara said. “We don’t
know from quarter to quarter what it is going to be like, and I think having
that ability to adapt, think quickly, and act fast is very beneficial in the
Cares initiative is another way Kloeckner encourages a family-like
atmosphere at the office, one that is very important to Sara. She believes it
has brought her coworkers closer together and helped reinforce their bonds.
Because employees are able to choose which charities they would like to pursue,
they can participate in ones that are meaningful to them, specifically. When
the Santa Fe Springs Branch participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay
for Life this past fall it meant a lot to Sara.
“My Grandma had been battling cancer for the past year,”
Sara said. “She had surgery in October and is doing well now, but it was
something where everybody here rallied around the Relay For Life because they
knew it was important to me.”